New Unity in Diversity During Lockdown Times

It’s lockdown times…
Only stray dogs and cattle
Roam freely. Birds too fly
To their hearts’ content,
But Man lies in chains.

It’s lockdown times…
The town’s square is deserted,
The cinema halls, the malls,
The art exhibition halls are all
Closed and there is embargo
On free movement…

It’s lockdown times…
You are confined within
Four walls with TV churning
Out news of deaths, more
Viral infection and more deaths.

It’s lockdown times…
And the diverse world,
With its diverse people,
With its diverse cultures
Is united in death – a new
Unity in diversity!

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, poet, author and translator. He has three published books to his credit. Air and Age (co-author; published from Kolkata), Soul Searching and Other Poems (first solo book of poems, published from Toronto) and Bougainvillea And Other Stories, a book of short stories in English, translated from the Bengali original. His poems have been published in Tuck Magazine, Dissident Voice, Literature Studio Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Leaves of Ink, Weasel Press, Ochebooks.com, Harbinger Asylum, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Visual Verse, Hans India and Setu Magazine, among others. He is married and lives in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Read other articles by Pranab.